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There are basically two types
of Dotaras. First
we will see the left picture above. Just like the Sarod,
the Dotara consists of a wooden body covered with leather.
The strings run across a bridge and a metal fingerboard.
The tuning of the playing strings can be done in the same
way as that of the Sarod, but it is, due to the smaller
size of the Dotara, significantly higher. From this point
of view the Dotara is a small, simplified version of the
Sarod. The meaning of "Dotar" is "two strings".
The Dotara from Bengal on offer from us, has indeed 4
playing strings and is a far better version concerning
quality and playing possibilities.
Dotara shown on the right picture is the originally version
of a Dotara which actually means "two strings".
"Do" means"2" und "tara"
means " strings". Its also called the Mirabai
Dotara. Mirabai was a queen, who had devoted her live
to Lord Krishna and she played on this kind of Dotara.
Its a very simple instrument which everybody can play
easily. The tuning of the first string is Sa and the second
string is either Pa, or Ma or any other note which is
related to a note in the song which has to be acompanied.
The strings of the Dotara can be rhythmically strucked
as the player feels. Its very common to accompany Bajans.
This instrument is very common in India and everywhere
they offer it to very low prices. The Dotara which Tarang
offers is of much better quality.
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suppliers and a strict selection of the instruments that
are included in our range of goods. We do not offer any
instruments which reach the west from unknown sources
via importers and which are often resold by middlemen
without any quality check and setting of the instrument.
The demand from the west is relatively high in India.
The purchase prices are negotiated to the lowest limit
by the western countries, especially for high ordered
quantities. This has effects on the required care and
circumspection in craftsmanship, on the experience and
mentality of the commissioned manufacturer and the use
of parts of the instruments that are often of a poor qualtity.
Irrespective of the qualification of the skill in craftsmanship,
this leads, in some cases, to results that do not deserve
the name instrument. Thus it is easily comprehensible
that it is essential, when bying an Indian instrument,
to know the sources. TARANG only supplies instruments
from indisputable sources. All instruments are delivered
adjusted and ready to be played.
Of course, we understand that somebody who purchases an
instrument is also dependent on accessories and spare
parts. Also in this respect we can satisfy the needs of
our customers. Should an instrument be defective at any
time, we can arrange for appropriate restoration. As a
rule we can deliver any instrument offered on our website
within 1 - 2 weeks. Our international lists of teachers
enable everybody to find information about a teacher in
their proximity. You can expect from us: reasonable prices,
prompt service and straightforward processing of purchase
financial aspect also has to be mentioned. Despite the
high quality we offer, we also do our best to offer you
these instruments at very competitive and reasonable prices.